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INDIANA SLAMMERS-WOMEN'S FASTPITCH
Bob Zivic
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Championships
Bloomington Hearts Tny '13, '14
USSSA Women's World Series: '08, '09', '11
USSSA Women's Illinois State: '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '14
John Radtke Memorial: '09, '10, '12
NSA Womens World Series: '13, '14
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Six Year Record
2008 thru 2014: W-178 L-37
USSSA Tournament Record: 119 - 18
2013 Season: W-24 L-5
2014 Season: W-25 L-7  
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2015 Schedule
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June 6-7.... Hearts Invitational, Normal Illinois
June 20-21....USSSA Illinois State, Aurora Illinois
July 11-12....Grand Park, Westfield Indiana
July 25 -26....USSSA World Series, Aurora Illinois
August 1-2....NSA World Series, East Peoria Illinois
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Staff Announcement
 
We are elated to announce that UIC graduate, veteran Slammer and All Horizon League infielder Jenna Marsalli will assume Co-Head Coaching duties helping Bob run the 2015 Slammers. In the dual role as player/coach she succeeds the awesome Casey Clutch/ Creakbaum who was the backbone and spirit of the Slammers for many years until finally hanging up her spikes to raise a family and run her own very successfull softball academy, Clutch Atheltic Performance in Indianapolis.Welcome Jenna! Just like Casey, Jenna exemplifies the best in women's softball and will be of enormous help to the team as a player/coach when head into the 2015 tournament season.
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The Slammers Lose a Friend
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" It is with great sadness I learned of the passing of a very good friend of mine, Jim Kresl, who suddenly passed away on Thursday, March 27th. Jim was a walking encyclopedia on the subject of softball and he was a mentor to many girls who played the game. Jim has played a huge roll in the success of the Slammers for a number of years and his efforts cannot be replaced. Jim and I shared the same passion for the sport of softball and out of that friendship grew a friendship that I was truly blessed to be a part of. We will miss you my friend, God bless you and our sincerest and deepest condolances to your wonderful family."
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Bob Zivic
 
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Slammers in the Headlines
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3/23/15 Louisville, KY - Kelsi Jones Named ACC Player of the Week
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Sammy Marshall and Miranda Elish
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  Indiana Slammers To Be Inducted Into The Illinois USSSA "Hall of Honor"
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Illinois USSSA announced that the Slammers will be inducted into the USSSA "HALL of HONOR" on November 7, 2015. The Slammers are the very first Fastpitch team to be honored with this prestigous USSSA award in the state of Illinois. The awards banquet will be held in Rockford Illinois. All past and present Slammers team members and their families will be invited to attend. Each team member will receive a individual plaque from USSSA as a member of the USSSA "Hall of Honor". The Slammers overall USSSA win/loss record since 2008 is 119-18. We have captured the USSSA Illinois State Women's Fastpitch title in 2008, '09, '10, '11, '12 and '14. We won the USSSA Womens World Series in '08, '09, and '11, were the runner-up in '12 and '14 and finished 3rd in '10 and '13.  
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. Slammers Welcome New Players For 2015 Season
 
Riley Strandgard - IL State University 

The Slammers are proud to announce the addition of Riley Strandgard to our 2015 roster. Riley is from Sherrard Illinois and is currently a freshman at Illinois State University. As a member of the Redbird softball team, Riley is currently leading the team with a .381 batting average, .667 slg% and .458 ob%. As a middle infielder, Riley has been superb by not committing a single error. Riley graduated from Sherrard High School where she was a three-year starter. During her high school career she was a two-time all-state selection...currently ranks 12th in IHSA history with 34 home runs...three time all-area and all-conference...Argus Dispatch All-Area Player of the Year in 2013...crushed 11 home runs and drove in 57 rbi...broke her own school record with 12 home runs as a junior in 2012...also hit .412 and recorded 49 RBI's...played youth summer ball for the Milan Aces who captured the 2013 USFA World Series and the NSA state title. Riley is a dynamic softball player who will add power to our lineup and a great glove to our defense. Welcome Riley!
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Marissa Gagliano - Radford University
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12/15/14 The Slammers extend a warm welcome to Marissa Gagliano who has now been added to our 2015 roster. Marissa is currently a freshman at Radford University. She is from Elgin Illinois and graduated with honors from Wheaton Academy where she had a stellar softball career. Marissa was the 2013 & 2014 Suburban Christian Conference (SCC) Player of the Year....Selected to 2013 Max Preps Small School All-American team...Two-time All-American selection by the National Christian School Association (NCSA), including first team in 2013...ICA Class 3A All-state honoree the past four seasons, including first-team as a senior (first in program history)...Four-time first-team all conference, along with all-area and all-Dupage county selections...2013-2014 Wheaton Female Athlete of the Year...Played summer ball for the Beverly Bandits...the Bandits are the 2013 PGF 16U National Champions and finished 3rd in the PGF 18U Nationals in 2014. Marissa is as good as they get on the field and with her bat. She will play a key role in our success and we are very fortunate to have her as a member of the Slammers. Welcome Marissa!
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Carolyn Wilmes - Ball State University
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  12/12/15 The Slammers are elated to have Carolyn Wilmes join us for our 2015 season. Carolyn is currently a freshman softball player at Ball State University. She is from Evansville Indiana and is a 2014 graduate at Mater Dei High School. Carolyn put up some huge numbers during her high school playing days. She received All-State honors her sophomore, junior and senior season...led the state of Indiana with 365 strikeouts her junior season....completed her junior season with a record of 26-2, 0.48 ERA with 365 strikeouts in 190 innings pitched....completed her sophomore season with a record of 18-6, 1.17 ERA and 240 strikeouts.
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 Carolyn was also named All-Conference in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons as well as All-Metro Player of the Year in her sophomore and junior seasons. She also received Academic All-City honors all four years. During Carolyn's four years at Mater Dei, they won city and conference all four years and were semi state finalists her junior season. We have no doubt that Carolyn will play a huge role in the success of the Slammers next summer and we are thrilled to have her as part of the Slammer organization. Welcome Carolyn!
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Amber Logemann - Miami University-Ohio
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12/11/15 The Slammers are thrilled to announce the addition of Amber Logemann to our 2015 roster. Amber is currently a Junior pitcher at the Miami University-Ohio. Amber is from Earlham Iowa and graduated from Earlham High School where she had a stellar prep career. She was a 4 year letter winner at Earlham and was named the 1A Pitcher of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
 
During her senior season Amber led the State of Iowa with a record of 29-2 along with a 0.26 era. Upon graduation from Earlham, Amber started her softball collegiate career at Kirkwood Community College. Amber completed her 2013 season at Kirkwood with a record of 25-3 and a .58 ERA, which led all of National Junior College athletic Association (NCJAA) Division II. She was named First-Team All-American by both NJCAA and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) ....finished with 356 strikeouts in 180 innings.
 
Amber appeared in 28 games in 2014 for the Miami Redhawks making 24 starts. She finished the season with a record of 8-12 and a 3.30 ERA. Amber also lead the team with 126 strikeouts in 123 innings. Amber is a strikeout machine and we look forward to some big innings from her next summer. Welcome Amber!
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Jorgi Calombaris - Valparaiso, Univ.
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The Slammers are very happy to announce the addition of Jorgi Calombaris as full time member of our 2015 roster. Jorgi is from Frankfort Illinois and is currently a Sophomore on the University of Valparaiso softball team. Jorgi is getting off to a great start in 2015 in the lead off role for the Crusaders. She has a .455 batting average, .667 slg % and a .455 ob%.
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Jorgi was recently named Horizon League Player of the Week after posting three multi-hit games in four contests last week, including her first career four-hit game. Jorgi completed her freshman season at Valpo by being named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team. Jorgi is a a 2013 graduate of Lincoln-way east High School. She completed her senior season hitting .480 with a .760 slugging percentage. Jorgi will be a valuable addition to our roster this year and we are looking forward to seeing some great moments from her. Welcome Jorgi!
 
 
 
 
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Tournament Info 2015
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We are currently seeking Women's Fastpitch teams who would be available to play in the Grand Park Summer Showdown July 11-12 at Grand Park in Westfield,IN. Grand Park offers visiting teams 26 fields across 400 acres; numerous restaurants, professional sports teams, and shopping centers a short drive away in Indianapolis Indiana. The Grand Park Summer Showdown will be open to Women's Fastpitch teams. It will be the first time the state of Indiana will host Women's Fastpitch. We are currently seeking women's fastpitch teams as well as 18u gold/elite teams. If interested please contact Bob Zivic.
BJZ@aol.com or PH:219-688-2223
 
 


Fields of Gold by Sting


 
  Sammy Marshall - Western IL
Slammers vs Team Netherlands
Bandit Stadium in Rosemont, IL
July 17,2014
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Sammy's one out triple down the left field line in the final inning gave the Slammers a chance to get on the board, but was stranded as the Slammers lost 4-0 to a fine Netherlands team. Sammy Marshall's '14 season batting average of .478 was 5th highest nationally in NCAA D-1 softball.
Slide Show 7-16-14  
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Defensive Gem 
Defensive Gem In the first inning Slammer SS Whitney Arion picked up a grounder neaer 2nd base  and immediately fired a strike to catcher Jordan de los Reyes to nail a speedy Netherlands runner trying to score from 3rd.
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Slammers vs Team Netherlands
Bandit Stadium at Rosemont
July 7, 2014
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Slammers Top Row: Jordan de los Reyes - Nicole Pihl - Miranda Elish
Middle: Coryn Schmit - Gena Lenti - Mary Connolly
Kneeling: Kasey Gibson - Jenna Marsalli - Jackie Kisman - Whitney Arion - Kelsi Jones - Jhavon Hamilton
 
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By agreement the Slammers and Netherlands agreed to play a 9 inning game. The Slammers had an explosive first inning scoring 5 runs as Jackie Kisman and Whitney Arion opened the game with back to back bunt singles followed by doubles from Mary Connolly, Jordan de los Reyes and Jenna Marsalli. The 5th run of the inning was driven in with a single by Nicole Pihl.
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With DePaul's Big East Player of the Year Mary Connolly on the mound the Slammers carried a 5 - 3 lead into the 5th inning where the ball was handed to Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year Miranda Elish. The Netherlands then tied the game in the top of the 5th scoring 2 runs on no hits, 2 walks and 2 throwing errors. Eli
 
Jackie Kisman
Slammer leadoff hitter Jackie Kisman beats out a perfectly placed bunt to start the first inning offensive outburst that saw the Slammers jump to a 5-0 lead over Team Netherlands. The Dutch eventually overcame that deficit and won the game 6-5.
(photo copyright @http://www.dutchsoftballteam.com) 7/7/14
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Sammy Marshall and Miranda Elish
  Facing a world class Netherlands team the Slammers were very fortunate to have Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year Miranda Elish on the mound along with DePaul's Big East Player of the Year Mary Connolly. Between them they held the Dutch to only 7 hits in this 9 inning exhibition game. Also great to have Sammy Marshall in the line-up vs the Dutch. Sammy plays for W. IL University and ended the 2014 season with the 5th highest batting average nationally in D-1 softball.  

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Champions
USSSA Women's Illinois State
2008, '09, '10, '11, '12, '14
June 28-29, 2014
Inwood Sports Complex_ Joliet, IL
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Top: Nicole Pihl - Mallory Goulding - Mary Connolly - Jenna Marsalli - Jhavon Hamilton - Katie McKay - Alex Wyss
Bottom: Melissa Priesh - Whitney Arion - Rachel Houck - Kelsi Jones - Jackie Kisman - Jordan de los Reyes
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After a narrow 3-2 loss to IL Lightning in first game of pool play, the Slammers used great defense, raw power and the pitching arm of Mary Connolly to beat their next 5 opponents and capture the USSSA IL State Women's Championship for the 6th time in the last 7 years.The championship game against Lady Angels saw Slammer firstbaseman Nicole Pihl break a 4-4 tie with a 2 out 7th inning 2 run blast over the left field fence giving Mary Connolly her 4th win of the tournament.
 
 
 
The Big Hit

 A happy Nicole Pihl circles the bases after her 2 out 7th inning 2 run blast over the LF fence broke a 4-4 tie with the Lady Angels sealing the USSSA IL State Championship for the Slammers

 
 
Kelsi's Grand Slam!
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Kelsi Jones is greeted by Casey after her 5th inning grand slam in semi-final game against the Angels. Flawless relief by Katie McKay for the final inning earned starting pitcher Mary Connolly the victory as Slammers won 7-1. Selected along with Connolly and Jenna Marsalli for the All Tournament Team this was the 2nd of Kelsi's tournament leading 3 home runs over the weekend.
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Saturday Pool Play
N IL Lightning 3 Slammers 2
Slammers 9 Chgo Attitude 4
Slammers 14 IL Xtreme 0
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Sunday Bracket Play
Slammers 13 Wisconsin Elite 0
Slammers 7 Lady Angels 1 (semi final)
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  Tournament Championship Game
Slammers 6 Lady Angels 4
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  Tournament Offense Leaders (6 games)
 Hitting: Hamilton .556 - Priesh .539 - Connolly .500 - Marsalli .444 - Houch .429   2B: Priesh (2)- Marsalli (2 ) 3B: Jones - de los Reyes HR: Jones (3) - Priesh - Connolly - Marsalli - Pihl R: Marsalli (6) - Jones (6) - Connolly (5) - Hauch (5) - Pihl (5) - Wyss (5) RBI: Priesh (9) - Jones (9) - Connolly (5) - Marsalli (5) . Team BA: .397
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Pitching
Mary Connolly: IP (26) SO (20) BB (6) W-4 L-1 ERA:1.61
Katie McKay: IP (7) SO (2) BB (1) W-1 L-0 ERA:2.00
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Mary Connolly - DePaul
2014 USSSA IL State Tournament MVP  
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  USSSA All Tournament Team
Kelsi Jones - Melissa Priesh - Jenna Marsalli
 
 
Champions
Indiana Slammers '13, '14
28th Annual Hearts Invitational
Bloomington, IL
June 7-8, 2014
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Back Row: HC Bob Zivic - Coryn Schmit - Alex Wyss - Alice Fitzpatrick - Brittany Gardner - Mary Connolly - Coach Kirk Piehl - Jordan de los Reyes - Jhavon Hamilton - Coach Dave Wilson
Front Row: Brooke Riemenschneider - Rachel Houck - Jenna Marsalli - Melissa Priesh - Kelsey Jones - Jorgi Columbaris - Kaitlyn Ranieri
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Saturday Pool Play
Slammers 11 Varsity Angels 0 - WP Fitzgerald
Slammers 12 Stone City Sharks 1 - WP Gardner
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Sunday Bracket Play
Slammers 6 Black Widows 3 - WP Gardner in relief
Slammers 3 BNGSA Angels 2 - WP Connolly in relief .
Championship Game Slammers 10 Bloomington Hearts 7 - WP Connolly in relief
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Offense Leaders
Hitting: Jones .667 - de los Reyes .571 - Ranieri .533 - Wyss .500 - Houck .385 - Marsalli .385 - Hamilton .357 - Riemenschneider .357
RBI: de los Reyes 9 - Jones 6 - Wyss 6 - Ranieri 5
2B: de los Reyes 4 - Jones 3 - Ranieri 3 3B: Houch 1 HR: de los Reyes 2 - Jones 1 - Riemenschneider 1  
 

 
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Top: Mellisa Preish - Coryn Schmit - * Kirsten Verdun -Jenna Marsalli - Courtney Heeley - * Natalie Hernandez - Brittany Gardner - Jhavon Hamilton
Bottom: Brooke Riemenschneider - Alex Wyss - Jackie Kisman - Kelsey Jones - Taylor Lockwood - Sammy Marshall
Bat Girls: Natalie Otero and Layla Koritko
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EXHIBITION
Slammers vs Chicago Bandits
The Ballpark at Rosemont
May 25, 2014
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* Congratualtions to long time Slammer stars Kirsten Verdun and Natalie Hernandez who were the only two players selected from tryouts to make the 2 time Professional Champion Chicago Bandit roster. Kirsten was the winning pitcher keeping the Slammers scoreless as the Bandits beat the Slammers 11-0 in this extended to 8 inning free substitution exhibition game.
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Although the Slammers were shut own on offense they sparkled defensively. In the 3rd inning with Bandits on 2nd and 3rd and one out, Slammer SS Sammy Marshall ( W IL) speared a hard hit grounder, fired home where catcher Brooke Reimenschneider (ISU) blocked the plate tagging the sliding runner. Seeing a Bandit runner trapped between 2nd and 3rd Brooke alertly ran the runner back toward 2nd and fired a strike on the bag where second baseman Jackie Kisman (Oakland U) tagged out the diving runner completing the double play and keeping the game scoreless for Brit Gardner through 3 innings.
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In the Bandit 4th inning, with a runner on first base, Slammer left fielder Kelsey Jones (Louisville) quieted the Bandit crowd with a running, spectacular leaping catch of a deep line drive, again preventing the Bandits from scoring their first run. The Slammers now head to the Bloomington Hearts Tournament June 7-8 to kick off the 2014 tournament season.
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NEWS Congratulations to Natalie and Kirsten! 5/25/14 After open tryouts Bandits select Former Slammers Natalie Hernandez and Kirsten Verdun 5/30/14 Hernandez hits her first professional home run as Bandits defeat Akron Racers 12-8 For First Win of the Season
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NEWS: Congratulations to Natalie and Kirsten!
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2014 Roster
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#2 Whitney Arion....University of Louisville '15....Delphi, Indiana
#49 Marisa Bast......Northwestern University '14 ..... Orange California
#8 Mary Connolly…..DePaul University ’15……….Winfield, Illinois
#21 Haley Chambers..............SIUE '16.............Coatesville, IN
#31 Jordan de los Reyes….Illinois State University ‘17……Moline, Illinois
Kelsey Dotson....Indiana University.....Silver Lake, IN
#45 AndreaFiller ..........Northwestern University '16............Fort Wayne, IN
 #37 Alice Fitzpatrick…..UIC ’16……Kansasville, Wisconsin
Ellie Forkin....Syracuse University '17.......Orland Pk, IL
#27 Brittany Gardner…..Loyola ’14………Orland Park, Illinois
#17 Kasey Gibson....Lipscomb Univ '17......Churubusco, IN
#1 Jhavon Hamilton....IL State University '13....Joliet, Illinois
Katie Harrison....Arkansas University '17.....Noblesville, IN
#20 Courtney Heeley…..UIC ’14………Glendale, Arizona
#30 Rachel Houck……University of Louisville ’17…….Greenfield, Indiana
#23 Kelsi Jones…….University of Louisville ’15…….Carmel, Indiana
#42 Jackie Kisman…….Oakland University ’15…….Lakewood, Illinois
#29 Gena Lenti………DePaul University ’16……….Chicago, Illinois
#15 Jenna Marsalli……UIC ’14…………Naperville, Illinois
#25 Sammy Marshall....Western IL University '15.....Naperville, IL
#34 Amanda Mener…….UIC ’15………Naperville, Illinois
#28 Nicole Pihl………DePaul ’17………Marseilles, Illinois
#13 Melissa Priesh…….UIC ’13……….Thousand Oaks, California
#55 Kaitlyn Ranieri……Valparaiso University ’16……Schereville, Indiana
#35 Brooke Riemenschneider.....Indiana State University '17....Chatam, IL
#12 Shawna Sadler....Western Kentucky '15...So Holland, IL
#9 Coryn Schmit....UIC '13....Lake Zurich, IL
Nicole Steinbach ....Ball State '16....Merrilville, IN
#36 Alex Wyss....UIC '16....Joliet, IL. 
 
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  Coaching Staff 
Head Coach & Team Founder - Bob Zivic - Ph 219-688-2223
Coaches: Dave Wilson - Kirk Piehl 
Website Editor: Dave Wilson - dhwilson99@gmail.com 
 
 
 
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